The Top-level Research Initiative (TRI) is a major Nordic venture for climate, energy and the environment.
TRI was launched in 2008 after a declaration by the Nordic Council of Ministers. It is a jointly led programme, supported by national institutions and agencies, in particular those funding research and innovation. The initiative is designed to support research and innovation at the highest level, and great importance is placed on a close partnership with business and industry to ensure the application and use of research results.
The TRI budget comes to DKK 400 million over five years. The first calls were implemented in 2009.
TRI comprises six programmes, each of which can launch thematic calls using appropriate funding instruments. Types of calls to be launched include Centres of Excellence in research and top-level research networks. The programmes are:
- Programme 1: Effect studies and adaptation to climate change
- Programme 2: Interaction between climate change and the cryosphere
- Programme 3: Energy efficiency with nanotechnology
- Programme 4: Integration of large-scale wind power
- Programme 5: Sustainable biofuels
- Programme 6: CO2 – Capture and storage
The TRI Management Board has 15 representatives from Nordic organisations, including the Academy of Finland, Business Finland and Fortum from Finland. All programmes have specific programme committees, involving two representatives from each Nordic country. Two representatives from the Academy are members of the programme committees. The TRI secretariat comprises three organisations under the Nordic Council of Ministers: NordForsk, Nordisk Innovations Center (NICe) and Nordic Energy Research.
Senior Science Adviser
tel. +358 295 335 033
Harri Hautala (climate change and the cryosphere)
tel. +358 205 335 019